FLOOD DISASTER: ABIM REITERATES CALL FOR LOGGING MORATORIOUM TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) refers to the incidents of flood
disaster occurring in Malaysia. ABIM firmly views that such incidents are a proof that
our country has entered a phase of climate change that is alarming and requires
immediate action by all parties.
Moreover, we are about to enter the monsoon season during which the east coast is
prone to major floods.
ABIM emphasises that major flood disasters that often occur repeatedly and
unexpectedly are due to climate change situations. Climate change causes uncertain
weather patterns, such as is happening now, where monsoon seasons no longer
necessarily happen within their normal times.
This situation results in uncertainty regarding rainfall at any given time. Facilities set
up to curb the overflow of water thus cannot function properly. This is yet another
indication that the authorities and Malaysians in general should pay greater attention
to the issue of climate change.
Forests are the cheapest and most effective method of tackling issues of weather
and climate change. Forests are very effective at trapping carbon dioxide, a gas that
causes climate change.
In this regard, it should be emphasized that widespread logging activities and
uncontrolled deforestation are major causes of climate change. Therefore, forests
areas must be protected and even expanded if the current government is really
serious about addressing the issue of climate change.
As such, ABIM reiterate its call for the government to issue a moratorium order to
stop any logging activities for the time being. This is a good step towards preventing
disasters that burden Malaysians, and contributing positively towards battling the
global climate emergency.
ABIM is of the view that with sufficient political will, the federal government can
influence states to issue this moratorium order. This is not unusual, as the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment has issued similar orders on bauxite mining and
export activities in the state of Pahang.
To mobilize the support of all parties, ABIM together with Pertubuhan Pelindung
Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA) launched an online Petition to call for this special
moratorium to be implemented to stop deforestation activities for now at least. This is
the link of the Petition – https://www.change.org/HentiBalak
Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz
Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) and
Coordinator, Malaysian Interfaith Climate Change Network (MICCN)